Too Cowardly To Print Muhammad Cartoons?
At the same time, however, the leader of the international Islamic campaign against the freedom of speech, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, secretary-general of the 57-government Organization of Islamic Cooperation, “urged all Muslims to exercise restraint in the face of this incitement,” according to a report in Arab News. “He reiterated the OIC’s principled position on developing an international consensus on dealing with a frequency of deliberate acts of incitement, within the framework of the Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18.” In other words, don’t riot and kill this time, since soon we will prevail upon dhimmi Western governments to outlaw criticism of Islam. After all, the dhimmi press is already falling into line on its own accord; how far away can ultimate victory really be?
The United Nations passed Resolution 16/18 in July 2011; it calls on member states to adopt legal restrictions on speech that fosters “defamation of religions.” Secretary of State Clinton and Ihsanoglu issued a statement urging member states of the United Nations “to take effective measures, as set forth in Resolution 16/18, consistent with their obligations under international human rights law, to address and combat intolerance, discrimination, and violence based on religion or belief.”
That sounds high-minded and impossible to be opposed; after all, who could be in favor of “intolerance, discrimination, and violence based on religion or belief”? However, when state authority is given the authority to define what constitutes “intolerance,” and Islamic supremacists like Ihsanoglu define as intolerant any honest discussion of how the texts and teachings of Islam are used to justify violence and recruit terrorists, this becomes a call for authoritarian restrictions on the freedom of speech.
They’re coming. And even if they don’t, many of our media outlets will adopt them of their own accord. Just like the Daily Mail.
Related: The New Free Speech Movement